College Life

~ S T R E S S ~

It’s definitely been a while, a long while.

 

As the semester comes closer and closer to its’ end, there’s more “stress“. According to colleagues, apparently I have this “look” of being stressed when I have a lot to get done (exams to study for, papers to write, life to balance, etc.). The thing is, what people don’t know is that I almost never get consumed with stressing.

 

Yes, stress is inescapable

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but can be coped with.

 

My philosophy on stress is that when you stress, you get consumed stressing that you do nothing else but stress which does nothing but causes more stress.

 

A lot of “stress” usage, I know!

 

Is stress really the problem?

 

I think not but the problem is more that of how we handle/cope with stress.

 

It only goes to say, control your stress! If you’re anything like me, you want to be on you’re A+ game at all times and that can be hard but just manage your time wisely and cope with all that there is to cope with.  There’s absolutely no doubt that prolonged, severe stress can ultimately cause major health problems. However, in contrast, stress can actually serve as a foundation for motivation. If you use it as motivation, more power to you. If otherwise, consider my tip below.

 

Tip: Whenever you’re about to stress or overwhelm yourself, whisper these words “I have control over this!” You can also listen to calm/soothing music (I repeat, CALM/SOOTHING).

 

 

 

 

 

 

College Life

Opportunity

Days of resume building and frequent visits to the Career Center

Weeks of researching companies

Months of filling out applications

Multiple information sessions

Frequent store visits for professional wear

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Few interviews

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Was it really worth it?“, you might ask.

 

After several no responses to applications or emails that start with “unfortunately” after an interview, when do you stop? When does it simply become overwhelming and discouraging?

 

NEVER!

Do not let your failures or an employer’s choice discourage you!

Always use them as motivation, regardless of what the situation may be!

 

I knew I needed an internship, I know how important it is to obtain an internship during your college term but I also knew how competitive it was to get one. I started out saying “I don’t want any unpaid internship!

 

 “I’m all about the money, like bruk life neva know mi!” -Earlan Bartley aka Alkaline

 

But I had to do a reality check and realize that everyone had the same thought as I did about wanting a paid internship so what sets me apart from them? I know my capabilities, my experiences and my skills but could an employer view anyone else’s better than mine? Is the money more important than the experience? Will the money be worth the experience?

 

Money is temporary. Experience is for a lifetime

The money you get from an internship will NOT last for your entire lifetime

The experience will

 

With all those concerns in my mind, I took time to reflect within myself and realize what my true capabilities are and things that can make me stand out among the candidacy for the position and you can bet I incorporated results of that self reflection in interviews, cover letters, essay questions, and just the application process itself, etc.

 

 

I say all that to say this

 

 

The past week has been nothing short of WONDERFUL!

 

“Why was it wonderful?”, you might ask.

 

Well, it just doesn’t get any better than getting two (2) job offers.

 

 

I GOT A JOB OFFER FROM APPLE

The world’s most valuable brand and third ranked on Fortune 500

 

I GOT AN INTERNSHIP WITH WALGREENS

The second-largest pharmacy store chain in the United States

 

 

 

 

Takeaway

One thing we must understand is that money is NOT all! You might think I got a paid internship so who am I to be saying this…. Although I got a paid internship, I applied for unpaid internships because I am more interested in the experience rather than the money. Yes, we’re college students, we’re poor and we have bills to pay but if you only want to work for a company because they’re paying you XYZ then your intentions may be wrong and you may be settling for the bare minimum experience because it’s paid versus getting an experience that you can take with you to other jobs, that can decorate graduate school applications or just simply build you as an individual.

 

 

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College Life

Week Before Spring Break

So, it’s that time of the year. The time when college students forget about reputation and focus more on their short-term happiness. Spring Break is coming up and even in the library, all you hear is people making plans for Spring Break. Unfortunately, I can’t make plans for Spring Break because not only do I work throughout Spring Break but I also have exams prior (this week) and subsequent. For those who don’t know what Spring Break is, it’s that time of the school year when college students go ……….

 

W I L D!

 

To those traveling for Spring Break: Travel safely

To those drinking over Spring Break: Drink responsibly (ALWAYS have a designated driver – Drive sober or get pulled over!)

To those planning to party everyday: Party safely, spend responsibly and remember self-care

To those who have nothing planned: Do something that will make you happy.

Whatever you do, be safe and financially cautious. After Spring Break, you still have to pay your rent, pay for transportation (or gas), buy groceries, etc.

Please remember that reputation as a college student is everything. Don’t, I repeat, DO NOT be that ridiculously drunk kid at a party that your future interviewer for that Fortune 500 company just so happens to be at.

 

Be mindful of your health, behavior and surroundings!

Have a great Spring Break!

 

 

Side Note: I’m currently at the library! #WhatIsSleep?

 

 

 

 

 

College Life

Introduction

Obtained a degree but still an undergraduate? Feeling like the school life never ends? Always have some studying to do? Homework, papers, discussions and projects EVERY week? Binge studying instead of binge watching? Missing your favorite TV shows? An endless dissertation? Endless research?

I CAN RELATE!

Regardless of how studious you are, you can relate… so don’t, for a second, kid yourself. My college life experiences have been a roller coaster and though the ride has been going for a while, it’s not over and won’t be over for now so hop onto my ride as I help you bear yours.

 

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